Posted on May 24, 2018 by Story Intl

“...we need orphan-focused churches. Choosing to stand by and do nothing where we see injustice, suffering, and evil is wrong. It is sin. We must take active steps to care for orphans. To do anything less is blatant disobedience.”

Living as the Body of Christ is a much higher calling then we are often led to believe, and being the hands and feet is a call to action, plain and simple. If we were to wait until we encountered injustice to do something about it, lots of us might find ourselves without many...

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Story Intl

 Do you remember the first time you entered an orphanage? Maybe the first time you saw a picture from a friend's mission trip? I remember it in vivid snapshots. I remember the empty blacktop and the beat up playground, a few faces hiding amongst it all, and then a crowd of small strangers surrounding me, reaching up, making foreign sounds. I remember this very specific, very tangible feeling of deep love and care for every one of them. Something I had never experienced, especially for people I hardly knew. Do you remember that feeling?

After a while I realized...

Posted on May 09, 2018 by Story Intl

“If you give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you’ll feed him for a lifetime.”

As cheesy and simplistic as this saying is, there’s a reason people have been quoting it for hundreds of years. Before coming to Guatemala in 2017, as a first-year teacher for Story International I was encouraged to read a book entitled When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself (2014, Corbett and Fikertt). The main point of the book is that by simply providing for a group of people’s needs while failing to equip them to...